Zematra's Story - "My name is Zematra and I'm 19 years old.  I grew up in foster care.  I lived in about nine different places..."

R.J.'s Story - "I was born in Manila, Phillipines, and moved to Seattle when I was a baby.  My mom died when I was 11..."

Kezia's Story - "Hi, my name is Kezia. I participate in the Independent Living Program at the YMCA.  I appreciate this program because it has helped me..."

Tim's Story - "I aged out of the foster care system on my 18th birthday.  With no parents, family or guidance I was on my own..."

Vivian's Story - "My name is Vivian and I just turned 18. I'm on track to graduate on time and my goal is to attend college this fall and be successful in school. I'll be the first in my immediate family to attend college..." 

Nyareu's Story - "My family came to the U.S. as refugees from South Sudan.   At a point in time I was no longer able to live with my mother..."

Crystal's Story - "My name is Crystal and I am 20 years old. I came to the Y because I lost my housing and had nowhere to stay.  When I was living in foster care..."

Mark's Story - "I learned how to be an accomplished and independent man with the help of the YMCA.  At 13 years old I began using drugs and alcohol..."

April's Story - "The YMCA has helped me in so many ways that I am truly grateful for..."

Terrell's Story - "Living in shelters wasn't the way any kid yet family should have to live.  I eventually lost my mother to her lifestyle of drugs and alcohol and grew up all alone..."